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'Picnic on the Bricks' celebrates Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine's classified employees

ATHENS, Ohio (May 5, 2004) -- Ohio University's College of Osteopathic Medicine depends on every member of its classified staff for everything it does. On April 21, those persons who perform essential day-to-day tasks that can often go unnoticed were honored at Most Valuable Players' Day.

This year's MVP Day, an annual classified staff appreciation event, was a "Picnic on the Bricks." The celebration was marked with patriotic balloons, speeches and prizes. Chip Rogers, director of external relations, served as master of ceremonies.

The event's first speaker was Dean Jack Brose, D.O., who thanked OU-COM staff and commented on the significant changes and improvements that have occurred over the past year.

Echoing Brose's theme of change, keynote speaker Christine Taylor, Ph.D., Ohio University associate vice president for administration, discussed the direction the college is taking. Taylor said that when nothing else is certain, we can count on change.

"Change is inevitable, but growth is optional," Taylor said.

She spoke further about how OU-COM can continue its positive growth and stressed that each member of the staff could play an instrumental role in the great things that happen at the college.

Taylor also said that one of the most important ideas in any project is to keep a focus.

"Keep a goal in mind," Taylor said, "Manage yourself, and only worry about what you can manage."

Concluding the celebration, Rogers and Brose drew from a fishbowl to award prizes to staffers, including tickets to Cedar Point amusement park, donated by the Ohio University Credit Union; tickets to a Cleveland Indians-Tampa Bay Devil Ray baseball game, donated by WJAW radio; a night at an Amerihost Inn; gift certificates from Bob Evans, Damon's, Athens Chamber of Commerce, Athens Auto Repair and DMV Car Wash; T-shirts from Follett's University Bookstore; and savings bonds from Bank One, Hocking Valley Bank and Peoples Bank.

The grand prize -- a weekend trip to a city of choice in Ohio -- was won by Jill Breeze, administrative coordinator in information systems and instructional technology, donated by Document-Solutions Xerox.

"Each year the organizing committee puts a lot of work into producing the celebration and finding so many quality prizes, some of which are graciously provided by local businesses," said Beth Maxon, associate director of human resources, whose office sponsors the event.

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